Friday, February 17, 2012

Occupy Boise Pickets Romney Fundraiser

Posted By on Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 11:35 AM

Bill Bonner protests outside Mitt Romney fundraiser at Grove Hotel.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Bill Bonner of Occupy Boise protests outside the Mitt Romney fundraiser at the Grove Hotel Friday.

As the motorcade for Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney made its way down Boise's Capitol Boulevard today, members from Occupy Boise posted a table outside the Grove Hotel at the intersection of Grove and Front streets. Supporters of the GOP candidate filtered into the hotel to plunk down $1,000 or $2,500 contributions to the campaign over lunch.

"$1,000 to eat with a bigoted, racist asshole?" yelled one Occupier from a megaphone. "Wow. What a deal!"

As members of the Boise Police Department held traffic for the line of cars, which included big black SUVs, the Occupiers ran to meet Romney as he departed from his car. They held their signs in protest from the sidewalk. With a flash of a blue suit and his silver hair, Romney was in the building in the blink of an eye.

"I think that if Romney picks up the Republican endorsement, he doesn't stand a chance against President Barack Obama," said Bill Bonner, who stood with the Occupy protesters.

Bonner's handmade sign read: "Mitt: Want to share a $10 Blimpie with me?" referring to the prices of the fund-raising luncheon held inside the hotel. Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, Lt. Gov. Brad Little, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna and Attorney General Lawrence Wasden were all spotted entering the event.

The members of Occupy Boise continued to protest as more Romney supporters entered the hotel but were met with less than positive remarks.

"This lunch costs more than my annual salary!" yelled Occupier Jeana Harris.

"Who cares!?" yelled a woman leaving the hotel.

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